Magnolia Falls is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pettigrew, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.1 miElevation gain226 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersRocky
Waypoints (3)
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Trailhead
"Wilderness Access" sign
35.86287, -93.38499
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Trail fork
Turn left to go to Magnolia Falls and the top of Woods Boys Falls. Go straight to continue into Bowen Gulch.
35.86661, -93.39751
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Magnolia Falls
35.86545, -93.39856
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Ute Wolff
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Layne Wetherbee
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HikingMuddy

Great hike with easy trail. When you come to the fork, go left to reach Magnolia Falls. For Woods Boys Falls, go straight at the fork, once you reach the bottom of the bluff, turn left and follow the bluff line to the creek. You can also reach Woods Boys from Magnolia Falls but the trail gets confusing and bushwhacking is needed. There is a third waterfall that can be reached by following the trail under Woods Boys and along the bluff line. Moderately busy on weekend at Magnolia, but fewer people at the other two waterfalls. Very muddy with good water flow.

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Michael Miller
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Sorry my recording is long. I didn't realize I was tracking lol. today 1/3/2021 magnolia falls,woods boys falls and hadlock cascade was flowing magnificently! Trail was very easy to follow. went strait to the falls. Couldn't find a easy way down to the bottom of woods boys. Gonna come back when its not ice and find a way. Gorgeous place.

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Laura Stadler
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Jen Wiggins
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Awesome trail! Easy to follow but covered in water in places-bring change of shoes.

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Shane Cantrell
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HikingGreat!

This was our favorite trail of the trip to Arkansas!!! Got an early start on the trail in November and had the falls all to ourselves for about an hour for relaxing and taking pictures. It’s easy to miss and has limited parking, keeping traffic on the trail low.

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Anga Luva
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Beautiful hike, amazing camp site. I could go on but I don't want to spoil it for you, come see it for yourself!

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Jessica Bergen
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Mikey Wyatt
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Gez Rogers
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HikingGreat!

An easy trail to accomplish to see the TOP of the falls! This trail starts out as an ATV trail prior to narrowing into a very well trodden and easy to follow pathway - even with all the leaves. You can tell that this is a well visited spot. Some great views on the left, and cool rock formations on the right as you gently wind your way around to Magnolia Falls. There are actually three other Falls here, so along with Magnolia, if you visit the bottom of it, you'll also see Woods Boys Falls. The drop into that next ledge level can be a challenge, but the hike back to Woods Boys and Magnolia is easy from there. If you follow the creek back and downstream some, you'll pass Hadlock Cascades. Stahle Falls (bottom) is then just a couple hundred feet upstream of the creek that joins up with the one you are on. The section from bottom of Woods Boys to Hadlock to Stahle is a very rocky creek bed scramble though.

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David Sevier
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Ryan Joyner
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Absolutely one of my favorites since I moved to Arkansas.

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Christopher Alanis
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HikingMuddy

The path was a bit hidden within the leaves, but it was easy enough and with a great view.

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Keith Whitfield
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HikingGreat!

Hike this trail a couple of days ago. We've been to the Ponca area several times and had no idea this trail existed. Nice, leisurely hike. Only markings were red ribbons in small trees. The area had gotten rain for several days the week before, so the falls were running pretty good. We were the only people on the trail when we went. We didn't make it to the other falls in the area, so we'll go back, hopefully in the Spring.

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Lauren Gray-Zell
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WalkingGreat!

We hiked this with our 3 year old. He was able to do 90% of the trail without assistance. Lovely trail to a beautiful waterfall, the water was flowing nicely. I suggest allowing plenty of time to explore the area around the waterfalls. There is an unmarked trail that goes off to the right just as you get to the part that heads down into magnolia falls. We did not have time to explore that this trip. We will be going back to check it out.

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Ryan Porter
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It was a easy trail but hiked all the way down at first and then discovered the falls on my way back. Wish I would have found a way to the bottom of big boy but magnolia was beautiful.

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Christina IsLove
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Jesse Ivers
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HikingGreat!

This trail is short but sweet. The waterfall wasn't flowing much, but there was water! We camped near the stream, so moving water was what we needed. The hollow that the stream is in was beautiful this time of year.

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Clint Lunsford
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Great trail for a quick hike with a fun payoff.

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Madison Vodicka
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Angie Fenske
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Paul W.
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Awesome

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Nicole Hagebusch
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Jeremy Papuga
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Pretty falls even with how dry it’s been. No marker for the trailhead or makers on the trail but easy to find/follow.

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Bretland Bosson
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HikingBugsOver grown

We passed the trail twice when driving trying to find it. if you hit a house on the left, you have gone too far. It is before the house on the right. I meant to take a picture of it before leaving, but forgot to. Look for a muddy entrance in the woods with a clearing just large enough for you to back into. Bring bug spray and be weary if you are allergic to poison ivy. This is best hiked after some rainfall. Even though we did not hike it after a rain, you can still see a small waterfall. The more intriguing part of this hike is trying to figure out how to get to the bottom of the second waterfall. We did not get to it, but I'm sure there is a way you can

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Lauren Hicks
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We enjoyed this trail! We went when it was raining pretty hard and the trail was flooded but because we went in the rain, we got to see a wonderful waterfall! Trail is easy until you get to the waterfall, then you have to go down a small hill. There is a lot of poison ivy on either side of the trail.

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Don Thao
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Completed this on a rainy day. I wouldn't have done it if raining before. The trail was very simple, in and than back out. There is a forked in the trail just follow the markers unless your feeling adventures.

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Katie Wiesehan
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There was SO MUCH poison ivy! Definitely be careful as the path can be narrow at the ivy is encroaching. The fall was just a trickle but after a rain it might be cooler. You need to park on the side of the road so don’t miss it.

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Lauren Baker
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I really wouldn’t recommend this hike to most people. Especially if it hasn’t rained recently. The trail is pretty overgrown and there was a lot of poison ivy. Wear long pants! The waterfall was barely flowing but it was kinda pretty. Not my favorite.

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